The cottage’s whitewashed exterior and predominantly white interior create an effortlessly stylish contemporary ambiance.
A substantial sliding door in the living room dramatically opens onto a small but vibrant garden, with sweeping sea views, and a sunken sheltered patio area for outdoor dining.
In addition to the living room there is a generous dusky blue sitting room – originally the Coastguard’s evening room, it has a large eight-seater dining table, sofas, and TV.
A cosy wood-burning stove graces the day and evening rooms – a supplement to the efficient central heating.
There is a gleaming white, minimal style galley kitchen, which runs from the front door and links the two living areas. Functional, and with tall cupboards and fridge, it conspicuously enjoys the same utopian ocean views as the other rooms.
An upstairs home office/reading room with a view, provides a quiet space to catch up on emails and the like.
In addition to the convenient ground floor double bedroom, which has its own sliding French door link to the garden, and an ensuite shower-room, there are three more bedrooms left and right upstairs.
The bedrooms feature awesome sea views through large tilt-and-turn windows, with toughened glass protective balustrades, and the soothing sound of waves.
The master bedroom’s ensuite is particularly lavish, with a double-ended slipper bath, adding a touch of luxury.
• Electric cooker
• 4 ring ceramic hob
• Tall Fridge
• Under counter freezer
• Coffee machine
• Washing machine
• Spin Dryer
• Sizes – Two Zip & Link Super King double beds
• One Zip & Link double bed
• Two single beds
• Childs cot
• 2 Hairdryers
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• 2 Wood burning stoves
• Board games
• Gas BBQ
Out and About
One of the most compelling aspects of East Cork is the warmth and friendliness of its people, immerse yourself in the local culture and exceptional dining.
There is a local rural pub in the village which opens in the evening. The nearest town alternatives and a supermarket is Whitegate which is less than a 10 minute drive. Many of the roads have narrow sections so drive with caution. Whitegate is also home to Ireland’s only oil refinery, with a capacity sufficient to provide 40 percent of Ireland’s fuel requirements.
The views across the bay are to Cobh, which is a 35 minute drive around the bay.
The town was the departure point for nearly half of the 6 million Irish people who emigrated to North America at the height of the potato famine in the mid 1800’s. It was the final port of call for the Titanic before she set out across the Atlantic on the last leg of her maiden voyage in 1912.
St. Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh is one of Ireland’s most scenic churches as well as the tallest.
The tower contains a carillon which, with 49 bells, is one of the largest in Europe. An automated system strikes the hour and 15 minute intervals, becoming more continuously tuneful for appropriate services.
On the way, you may want to visit Fota Wildlife Park where you will find animals and birds from five continents as well as hundreds of native plants and trees thriving together in an open environment.
Midleton is the nearest sizable town, and is famously home to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. There is a beautiful feathered sculpture here dedicated to the indigenous North American Choctaw people, who themselves in difficult times, sent food aid to Ireland on hearing of their plight in the famine.
There are a series of beaches to the East of the cottage – the nearest being Inch Beach, which you can walk to and is popular with surfers. There is no coastal road, so to reach them by car, you will need to go inland and out again on cul-de-sacs.
The cliffs at Ballycotton are well worth an afternoons walk on a fine day. Look out for shipwrecks.
Cork City, is too big a topic for here. It is a vibrant university town, with much to recommend it culturally and commercially, but no visit would be complete without a trip to the English Market.
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Cork, Dublin or Shannon airports.
Cork Airport – less than an hour from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – approx 2 and a quarter hours from the cottage.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 hours from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 2 and half hours from the cottage.